MINNEAPOLIS — While Maya Moore has garnered most of the attention in Minnesota thus far, her teammate Rebekkah Brunson has been the one carrying the Lynx.
Brunson had her third straight double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Lynx to a 75-65 win over the Tulsa Shock on Tuesday night.
Lindsay Whalen added 16 points — including making all 10 of her free throw attempts — and Monica Wright had 10 for the Lynx.
Elizabeth Cambage scored 16 points and added 15 rebounds for the Shock, who couldn't overcome another slow start. Ivory Latta scored 11 and Andrea Riley 10 for Tulsa, which trailed by 20 after three quarters.
Brunson averaged 8.9 points and 6.3 rebounds in six seasons with Sacramento before joining Minnesota last year, and became the eighth player in league history to average a double-double over an entire season with 11.3 points and 10.3 rebounds.
"She is just relentless. She doesn't know any other way," said Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve. "Her play is contagious."
The unassuming Brunson said her success comes from simplicity.
"It's just go hard, be competitive, go out there compete and work hard, especially when it comes to rebounding," she said. "We have great people at every position and I know what I'm capable of, I know what I'm good at, I know what got me here, so I just want to stay within myself and work on the things I do well."
"She's smaller than most other post players, but you can see that she outworks her opponent," said Lynx forward Seimone Augustus. "On the rebounding end she does more than enough. I think her goal is to lead the league in rebounding this year and she's got a good start."
Brunson and Taj McWilliams-Franklin had the tall task of guarding Cambage, the second pick in the WNBA Draft, but the duo limited the 6-foot-8 center to 5 of 14 shooting.
"When she gets used to the league she's going to be a real presence inside," Brunson said. "She is very fundamental and strong in there."
The Shock (0-2) had no early answer for the uptempo Minnesota offense. In addition to four rebounds in the first 3 1/2 minutes, Brunson scored seven of Minnesota's first nine points, and Whalen had six in the opening quarter, including four on uncontested lay-ups — one set up by Brunson.
Tulsa, which was outscored by 15 points in the opening quarter of Saturday's 93-73 loss at San Antonio, made just one of its first 12 shots and was 3 for 18 in the quarter.
"It was just that our shots weren't falling and they were out breaking," Latta said. "Everybody has to get back and match up. We got to do that better. As time goes on, we'll get better."
A 3-pointer by Riley got the Shock within nine just before intermission, but back-to-back baskets by Brunson and a 3-pointer by Moore helped push the Minnesota lead back to 16 midway through the third quarter.
Moore, the top pick in the draft, scored just seven points — going 2 of 10 from the field. She had 21 points and 16 points in her first two outings for the Lynx (2-1).
"Maya plays with great energy and she sometimes doesn't know how to turn it off. She just gets rushed and tries to make a home run play," Reeve said.
Latta scored five points and Cambage four during a 12-4 Tulsa run midway through the fourth to get within 68-59. The Lynx had eight turnovers in the fourth quarter after just four miscues in the first three quarters.
Tulsa, which had 28 turnovers Saturday, committed 12 miscues.